During our recent parent talk last Wednesday, Muriel our counselor for EC and KG, presented a talk on Thriving Through Transition. While this talk referred more to moving country and transitioning to IST, I thought it might be useful to bring this subject up again here as life is full of transitions regardless of whether or not you are moving school and country.
The “W Curve” Transition model is often used to describe the process of moving country. In fact, this model is applicable for many of life’s transitions – change of job, getting married, having a baby to name but a few! The picture below is based on the W curve and captures some of the thoughts and feelings associated with transitioning.
The model talks about the different stages that we experience when going through change. In a nutshell these stages encompass feeling elated and excited about the upcoming change (the Honeymoon Phase), to overwhelmed or frustrated by the lack of familiarity (Crisis Phase), to once again feeling “at home” with our new situation or surroundings (Adjustment Phase). As we all go through many changes in life, some more significant than others, this model may feel familiar to many of us.
So what are some things that we can do to help make change easier? Well, if you have moved country the Transition tab at the top of this page is a good place to start. It also helps to recognize that transitions are hard because they can shake your sense of identity. Because we define ourselves in part by our surroundings, when they change it can be very disorienting. Remember other times in life when you have successfully dealt with transition or change – what helped you during this time? And in those times of frustrations, try to remind yourself of why you chose to make the change in the first place as this knowledge often gets lost in the chaos of the transition.